Filming is underway on Daddy Issues, a new six-part comedy from the team behind White Gold and The Inbetweeners for BBC3.

The show, produced by Fudge Park, is written by Danielle Ward (Brassic, In The Long Run) and stars Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education, Living) and David Morrissey (Sherwood, The Walking Dead).

Gemma (Aimee Lou Wood), lives for the weekend when she can get blasted and party hard in Stockport. But after joining the mile high club with a random hook-up on her way back from a holiday to Portugal, she’s pregnant, and it couldn’t come at a worst time. The only person Gemma has left in her life is her dad Malcolm (David Morrissey), who is kind hearted but useless – he can’t load a washing machine, boil an egg or change the Wi-Fi password. Malcolm is suffering from the collapse of his family and living in a bedsit for divorced men. Which is how Gemma and her dad end up living in Gemma’s flat. She needs support at a critical time in a woman’s life, he needs help microwaving rice without it exploding.

Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC says: “In Daddy Issues, Danielle has created a genuinely laugh out loud sitcom. We’re delighted to be working with her, and the Fudge Park team, on the show. Having Aimee and David cast as the co-leads was the cherry on the cake.”

Aimee Lou Wood says: “It had been a very long time since a script had made me laugh out loud. Danielle’s did exactly that. Then when I heard David was involved, I was even more excited. He’s someone I have admired throughout my life. Watching shows like Blackpool and Red Riding when I was younger fuelled my interest in acting and so it feels surreal and amazing to be working with someone I class as a legend and inspiration.”

David Morrissey says: “I’m delighted to be working with Aimee Lou Wood as she’s someone I’ve admired for a while now. She’s a truly unique and gifted talent. Danielle has crafted such a funny and heartfelt piece and I’m so excited to be part of it.”

Danielle Ward says: “I cannot wait for the world to meet Gemma and Malcolm, and I’m so grateful to the BBC for finally giving me my own series, 20 years after I lost the BBC New Comedy Awards. Aimee and David were my dream casting from the get-go and who ever gets their dream cast? It’s a total thrill to be working with such naturally funny and wildly talented actors.”

Jill Kellie, VP Scripted Acquisitions at Fremantle said: “Daddy Issues is a complete gem of a series – from Danielle’s expert writing to the magical and hilarious chemistry between Aimee Lou Wood and David Morrissey. We’re thrilled to be partnered with Fudge Park and the BBC to take this impeccable comedy out to the international market.”

Full casting and scheduling will be announced in due course.

Daddy Issues (6 x 30) is a Fudge Park production for BBC Three and BBC iPlayer. It was commissioned by Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC. The Directors are Catherine Morshead (The Full Monty, No Offence) and Damon Beesley (White Gold, The Inbetweeners 2). The Producer is Lynn Roberts (Man Like Mobeen, I Hate You) and executive produced by Phil Gilbert (Count Abdulla, White Gold) for Fudge Park Productions, alongside Aimee Lou Wood, David Morrissey, Danielle Ward and Damon Beesley. The commissioner for the BBC is Seb Barwell. Fremantle is handling global sales.

Jon Creamer

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